Chicken Tikka Thighs for the BBQ

With the weather starting to warm, it only means that BBQ season is upon us. Whether you’re hosting a barbeque for friends and family or wanting to up your BBQ skills, our chicken tikka thighs are the perfect BBQ recipe for chicken thighs and is easy to master.  

Finding the perfect marinade is an art form and we’ve worked hard to perfect not only the marinade but the perfect amount of seasoning for grilling on the BBQ. Our Chicken Tikka Thigh compliments the Chicken Thigh and balances out the flavour of the dark meat with a subtle hint of spice. A match made in heaven if we do say so!

Cooking Method

  1. Light up your BBQ and get to medium-high heat (approx. 180). Combine all the ingredients (except for the chicken) in a blender and mix until smooth to create your marinade for the chicken.
  2. Take the chicken thighs and create a few slices your chicken by making small slices across each chicken thigh. Place your chicken thighs onto a wire rack and pour you sauce onto the chicken, making sure the sauce is pushed into each of the slices.
  3. Now that your chicken is marinated, place it onto the BBQ and cook on the medium heat offset to the coals (or use a deflector plate). Cooking both sides for about 25 mins in total.
  4. Once the chicken is close to being fully cooked, place the chicken skin side down on the hottest part of your BBQ and allow the top of the chicken to caramelise. (approx. 2-3mins)
  5. Once cooked, remove from your BBQ and allow to rest for 5 mins before serving. Garnish with finely chopped chili and spring onions, add your sides and dig in.

The Ingredients

  • 1 onion, quartered   
  • 4 garlic cloves  
  • 2 tsp crushed ginger   
  • 1 cup tomato puree  
  •  1 tsp ground coriander  
  •  1 tsp ground cumin   
  • 1 tsp turmeric   
  • 1 tsp paprika   
  • 2 tsp Garam Masala  
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice   
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt   
  • 1 tsp salt  
  • 2 kg skin on chicken thighs 

What to serve with Chicken Tikka Thighs?

The great thing about chicken tikka is it is a flavour that works well with a bunch of sides. We believe our chicken tikka thighs work amazingly with basmati rice, a fresh mint yoghurt dip, and well-done Garlic Naans for the perfect BBQ feast. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Chicken Thighs can be cut bone-in or boneless with skinless or skin-on. If we had to choose our favourite Chicken Thigh cut, we would choose boneless skin-on chicken thighs. Skin-on chicken thighs give a deliciously crisp finish and take the stress out of deboning chicken thighs.
You might have heard of chicken thigh meat pink still being pink even when cooked. Poultry can sometimes show a pinkish tinge after being fully cooked or even overcooking chicken. When it comes down to checking if the meat is cooked and safe to eat, it's best to measure the temperature. Using a meat thermometer is highly beneficial. if your fully cooked chicken has an internal temperature of 165 degrees and the juices are running clear then you are good to go.